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Non-US definition


The package information page[1] contains the following
description of the Non-US section:

 Non-US/Main and Non-US/Non-Free
  These packages cannot be exported from the USA, they are
  mostly encryption software packages, or software that is
  encumbered by patent issues.  Most of them are free, but some
  are non-free.

The CD FAQ[2] contains the following description:

 There are two variants of the binary-1 CD, one with and one
 without software of the "non-US" category.  Non-US software may
 be imported into the US without problems, but exporting it from
 the US is forbidden by law (it contains strong cryptographic

I suppose both of these will need to be updated once the
crypto-in-main transition is complete.

I am primarily concerned with the status of patent-encumbered
software, however.  May it be distributed within the USA?  How
does this avoid the patent problems?


1. http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages
2. http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/

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